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Training Log – Week of Nov. 16 (Week 46)

So this was a thing that happened this weekend.

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The Philadelphia Half-Marathon is always a blast. In fact, I was having so much fun I ran an extra half-mile on race day.

General training notes: In the lead-up to Philly, I felt absolutely junky. My legs felt heavy during every run, and I had no idea how I was going to string together 13.1 miles on Sunday. However, as soon as I hopped on the train Friday night, my entire outlook changed. I was ready, my legs were ready, and it was going to be a fun 13.1-mile run—except I ran 13.67 miles, but we’ll talk more about that later.

Monday – rest

Tuesday – a.m. run

Easy five miles along the West Side Highway

Wednesday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

Even though running is fun, I really love making watts: we faced 3×12-min. sweet spot blocks (staying between 88-92 percent) with four minutes recovery between each set. For the next few weeks, it’s all about logging time in our endurance, tempo, and sweet spot zones; woohoo for base building!

Thursday – a.m. run

Easy four miles along the West Side Highway. Felt absolutely c-r-a-p-p-y.

Friday – rest

Saturday – a.m. run

Conversational 20-minute shake-out run with some of my Tailwind buds. I spent the rest of the day on the couch in my hotel room napping, drinking water, and watching Friends on Netflix. I did manage to pull myself together and meet one of my work friends for dinner, though.

Saturday – a.m. run

Conversational 20-minute shake-out run with some of my Tailwind buds. I spent the rest of the day on the couch in my hotel room napping, drinking water, and watching Friends on Netflix. I did manage to pull myself together and meet one of my work friends for dinner, though.

Sunday – Philadelphia “Half-Marathon”

OK, so it was in fact 13.1 miles, but I ran 13.67. It’s a little frustrating because I executed the race plan and logged a huge and unofficial Garmin PR for 13.1 miles (1:45:xx!), but the race wasn’t officially over at that point. Oh well. On the bright side, 13.67 is a new personal distance record! Full recap coming later this week.

And now, Sloth Week 2015 begins: no physical activity for SEVEN days. If anyone needs me, I’ll be sleeping in, drinking flavored coffee, and live tweeting this week’s activities. (Related, I’m going home for Thanksgiving!) Feel free to play along and pepper your tweets with #SlothWeek.

How often do you take an official break from training?

I Just Like To Run

Since Sloth Week ended, I’ve done basically nothing except run.  And run.  And run.

Yes, there’s been some strength training sprinkled in, but what can I say—running’s my favorite!

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During the triathlon season, swimming and biking and running comprised my workout schedule, so I was basically cross training for nine-plus months.  I obviously ran frequently, and each outing had a purpose:  paces to hit, intervals to complete, and distance to cover.  But since transitioning to the off-season, I’ve been doing whatever I want—which is not only running, but also running how I want. (Which also means logging runs sans Garmin.)

This week, I’ve hit the pavement three times and the pool zero and the saddle zero, and can we talk about how liberating it is to run however you want?  When I feel good, I increase the pace and do some fartleks; when I feel tired, I ease off the gas and simply cruise.  When I feel strong, I keep going; when I feel bored, I head home.  Talk about freedom!

As my coach said via email this week, January is right around the corner, and the new year marks the return of structure (and intensity).  So until then, I’ll be SBR-ing whenever and however I want—or don’t want.  Clearly, running’s the current favorite, but once the Syracuse Orange start playing in November, I’ll need something to do during games.  On that note, I need to dust off my trusty indoor bike trainer …

How often do you run with/without a watch?  Do you go through fitness phases with certain workouts?

Operation: Sloth Week

Hey, friends—how’s it going?  First, thanks for your kind comments on my previous post.  Although that half-marathon went from really good to really bad in a matter of seconds, I probably spoke too soon when I swore off the distance.

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Shout out to my mom for the picture.  Even though my stomach was down for the count, it looks like my form is somewhat decent, ha.

I will not let 13.1 miles get the best of me!  But before I make a rash decision and sign up for another race, I’ve been taking advantage of some much needed downtime—which I’ve deemed Operation: Sloth Week.

The premise is simple: no training, no exercising, and eating whatever I want.

Let’s start with eating because that’s easy.  My dad is visiting this week, so we’ve been enjoying meals out.  As you saw on Sunday, we hit up Madison Square Eats, and on Monday, we went to a neighborhood favorite, Markt, a Belgian restaurant.

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Boo for poor lighting.

This meal isn’t incredibly slothy: red snapper with mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts.  Unpictured, however, are two glasses of wine and coffee heath bar ice cream.

Tuesday evening, we went to see Kinky Boots on Broadway.

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It won the 2013 Tony for Best Musical, and it was a great show!  Plus, how can any form of entertainment that centers on shoes (shoes, shoes, shoes, OMG, shoes) be a bad thing?  We grabbed some pizza after, and I inhaled it so quickly that I forgot “proper blogger technique” and didn’t take a picture.

It’s also highly possible I had pizza for lunch yesterday.

We also had a store meeting last night, and since I’m working on being a real person, the 8:30 p.m. start time didn’t phase me as much as it would’ve last week.  And no swimming at 5:45 a.m. this morning meant I could actually have a beer.  I know—I’m going crazy.

So yeah, the food has been great, but honestly, not working out has been challenging.  I relished in doing absolutely nothing Monday and Tuesday, but I really wanted to run yesterday.  And today. (Victoria, you were so right; it’s Thursday, and I’m dying to do something!) On the bright side, I have an outreach “meeting” tomorrow morning at a cycling studio, and the instructor invited me to try out her class. (Have I mentioned how much I love my job?) So slothing—in terms of not exercising—will end shortly.

One aspect of Sloth Week I didn’t anticipate included how going from regular training to absolutely nothing would affect me mentally.  Monday was OK because it seemed like a normal rest day, but by Tuesday, I felt ancy; I didn’t have as much energy, I didn’t feel sharp mentally, and I basically didn’t feel like myself.  And I’ve also felt like a poser this week at the store.  I mean, when customers ask how often you run, what do you say?  ‘Usually four times a week except when I’m being a sloth’ doesn’t sound legit.

Anyway, yes, I’ve taken advantage of this unstructured downtime, but I’m definitely ready to start sprinkling in some swimming, biking, running, and strength training again.

How often to you take a break from training and/or exercising?  How does working out affect you mentally?